31 January 2020

• CT DEEP Meeting on 2020 Recreational Fishery Measures


The CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is holding a Public Informational Meeting to provide information on the status of important recreational species, to provide information on planned recreational regulations for the 2020 fishing season, and to gather public input on potential 2020 regulation options for striped bass and bluefish.

The meeting will be held at:

7:00 PM, Thursday, February 13, 2020
CT DEEP Marine Headquarters
Boating Education Center (rear building)
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme CT

Striped Bass
At the October 2019 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Board meeting, the Board approved a coast-wide 28-35” slot limit with a 1-fish bag limit for the “ocean” (all state waters excluding Chesapeake Bay) recreational fishery in 2020. However, the Board allowed for states to propose alternative regulations via the “conservation equivalency” process, provided those alternative measures produce at least an 18% reduction in that state’s overall striped bass removals.

Following the October meeting, both New York and Rhode Island stated an intent to pursue conservation equivalency and adopt a regulation other than the 28-35” slot limit. In the interest of maintaining regionally-consistent striped bass regulations, DEEP worked with NY DEC and RI DEM to develop regional conservation equivalency proposals, including: 1) a 30-40” slot limit (all anglers); or 2) a 30-40” slot limit for private anglers and a 28-37” slot limit for party/charter boat anglers. Ability of any one of the three states to implement one of these alternative regulations in 2020 is contingent on all three states implementing the identical regulation. At the time of this notice, final approvals of conservation equivalency proposals are pending, and will be taken up by the Board at the February 4-6 ASMFC meeting. Conditional on final approval of conservation equivalency proposals, DEEP is seeking public input on which striped bass regulation should be implemented in 2020: the 28-35” slot limit, or one of the regional conservation equivalency options.

Bluefish
At the December 2019 joint meeting of the ASMFC Bluefish Management Board and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC), the two bodies voted to approve new coast-wide recreational regulations for bluefish in 2020: a 3-fish bag limit for private anglers and a 5-fish bag limit for party/charter boat anglers (no size limit or closed season). However, the Board allowed for states to propose alternative regulations via conservation equivalency provided those alternative measures produce an equivalent reduction in harvest (by weight).

Connecticut and Rhode Island have submitted a regional conservation equivalency proposal to allow a higher bag limit of “snappers” (young-of-year bluefish) for shore anglers: an 8-fish aggregate bag limit, composed of up to 6 fish less than 12” and up to 2 fish greater than or equal to 12” (shore anglers only). At the time of this notice, final approvals of conservation equivalency proposals are pending, and will be taken up by the Board at the February 4-6 ASMFC meeting. Conditional on final approval of conservation equivalency proposals, DEEP is seeking public input on whether the alternative bag limit for shore anglers should be implemented.

At this time, DEEP anticipates no changes to recreational seasons, bag limits or size limits for any species other than striped bass and bluefish in 2020. However, at this meeting, the DEEP Marine Fisheries Program will provide information on the status of important recreational species including summer flounder, black sea bass, scup, and blackfish.

Source: CTDEEP

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28 January 2020

24 January 2020

• All About Circle Hooks


“It is important to not set the hook in the traditional sense, but rather, lift the rod while applying light pressure and then begin reeling…

“Setting the hook will only pull the hook and bait out of the fish’s mouth….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ZIP06.com

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23 January 2020

• Controlling That Fly Line


“All fly anglers inevitably contend with fly-line management issues. Chances are, even the best of fly rodders will miss a shot at a fish, if the line lays tangled on the deck or is looped around an unsuspecting snag when…false casting.

“Novice and expert anglers alike must contend with fly-line management until… the line has been cleared and is coming directly off the reel.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman.com

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22 January 2020

• Top Jerkwater Baits


“On the pure-adrenalin scale, jerkbait fishing rates near the top. It’s hard to beat the vicious strikes that a hard jerk-and-pause retrieve so often elicits…

“In this gallery, you’ll find nine of the best lures to produce that sort of heart-stopping action when fishing inshore — redfish, trout, striped bass, bluefish….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SportFishing.com

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19 January 2020

• “Connecticut Fishing Has A Lot To Offer”


“The Connecticut River means ‘long tidal river’ in Algonquian. This is a major river that has always been linked to this state’s prosperity…

“Another important tidal river, the Thames, flows 15 miles from Norwich to New London and Groton, ultimately blending with Long Island Sound.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ZIP06.com

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18 January 2020

• Connecticut Lost Nearly 10,000 Taxpayers in 2017


“Connecticut saw a net loss of 9,869 income tax filers between 2017 and 2018…

“…constituting a loss of adjusted gross income totaling $1.1 billion, according to the Internal Revenue Service….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: YankeeInstitute.org

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15 January 2020

• What’s Ahead for Bluefish?


“Fishers are attracted to many species indigenous to Long Island Sound and those appearing seasonally. Some, like black sea bass, are pursued for their food quality, while others, such as striped bass, are fished primarily for sport. One of the fish that is a favorite for the rod, reel, and palate is the infamous bluefish…

“When this popular gamefish is hooked, it sparks an adrenaline rush unlike any other. It’s sustained fight consisting of rod-bending jumps, dives, and runs puts a hurting on gear….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ZIP06.com

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14 January 2020

• Connecticut Striped Bass Reg Changes…A Good Read!


“Connecticut will no longer be issuing striped bass bonus tags...

”In 2019 3,018 tags were issued allowing anglers to harvest a single additional fish between 22 to 28 inches….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheFisherman.com

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11 January 2020

• Connecticut’s Wealth Is Moving to Florida


“Connecticut ranked 6th in the nation for loss of wealth to other states in 2018, with a net loss of $1.13 billion in adjusted gross income as people moved out…

“Where is all the money going? Florida, mostly….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: YankeeInstitute.org

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10 January 2020

• Catching and Keeping Saltwater Live Bait


“While some people shun the use of live bait for catching marine fish, most professional guides and veteran saltwater anglers know that it’s one of the best ways to put gamefish in the boat…


“Whether you fish inshore, offshore, or somewhere in between, here are a few top baits to tempt some of the marine world’s most popular species—along with ways to keep them lively for the most productive fishing.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FieldAndStream.com

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08 January 2020

• Tagged Striped Bass Tells Amazing Story


The tagged striper “…spent the better part of July and all of August covering ground on the shoals outside of Massachusetts state waters, before heading northwest into Rhode Island Sound…

“For inshore fishermen and surfcasters in particular [the striper] didn’t make herself too available for capture for very long, ultimately sticking to the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for travel purposes….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheFisherman.com

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06 January 2020

• Obviously Connecticut Needs To Raise Our Taxes!


“Connecticut is on track to end the current fiscal year with a $28 million budget deficit, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo has projected…

“In a recent letter to Gov. Ned Lamont, Lembo said much of the projected deficit, about $24 million, stems from fewer than anticipated retirements of state employees. Lembo and Lamont are both Democrats….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WHDH.com

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05 January 2020

• Want To Get Shot? Go To A Gun-Free Zone


“'If the bad guy is the only one with a gun, guess who wins…' emphasizing the self-evident flaw with gun-free zones. That is, they only disarm the law-abiding…

“Bad guys do not give a rip about a sign that reads, “No guns allowed.” In fact, in many instances, gun-free zones are a beacon to criminals because they know the people inside are sitting ducks. (Since 1950, 94 percent of mass public shootings occurred inside a gun-free zone, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center.)….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: GunsAmerica.com

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04 January 2020

• Connecticut Fishing in 2019


“By now, striped bass started moving down the rivers, although the holdover population in the key tidal ones provided action earlier on…

“Top waters and soft swim baits were the key producers of schoolie size bass….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ZIP05.com

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03 January 2020

• Dear Gov. Lamont: Please Hit Us With Some More Taxes!


“Connecticut is one of the top five states that people moved from instead of to in 2019, according to United Van Lines…

“The company tracks migration patterns on a state-by-state basis and said that Connecticut ranked fourth in the list of most “moved from” states in 2019. This is based on the company's data….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NBCConnecticut

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